The Tap Dance Kid

by  Charles Blackwell, Henry Krieger, Robert Lorick

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m, 6f

"Stunning, warm heated new musical comedy." - Christian Science Monitor

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 6f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This long running Broadway musical also had a lengthy tour. It's a wonderful cornucopia of music, drama, comedy and above all, tap dancing. The story concerns a 10 year old Black kid named Willie who doesn't want to be a lawyer like his stern father; just has to dance , like his uncle, an aspiring Broadway choreographer who is very much Willie's mentor. And, dance he does!
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Accolades

  • Nominee! 1984 Tony for Best Musical
    Nominee! 1984 Best Book of a Musical

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Stunning, warm heated new musical comedy." - Christian Science Monitor

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Jazz, Contemporary Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large

Song Samples

Overture
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Another Day
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Four Strikes Against Me
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Class Act
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They Never Hear What I Hear
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Fabulous Feet
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I Could Get Used to Him
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Man in the Moon
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Like Him
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My Luck is Changing
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Someday
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I Remember How It Was
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Tap Tap
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Dance If It Makes You Happy
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William's Song
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Casting

5m, 6f

WILLIE
EMMA
GINNIE
WILLIAM
DIPSEY
CAROLE
MONA
DULCIE
DADY BATES
WINSLOW
RICHIE

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

11 Piano/Conductor Scores

Synthesizer
Fender Bass
Drums
Percussion
Trumpets I & II (2 books)
Trombone I
Trombone II
French Horn
Violins (1 book)
Celli (1 book)
Harp
Reed I (Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo)
Reed II (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn)
Reed III (Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet)

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Authors

Charles Blackwell

Charles Blackwell

Henry Krieger

Henry began composing for Off-Off-Broadway in his twenties. Soon, collaborations with Tom Eyen and Broadway director/producer/choreographer Michael Bennett led to a workshop production of what was originally entitled Big Dreams. After several workshops, numerous rewrites an out of town tryout in Boston, Dreamgirls cam ...

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Robert Lorick

Robert Lorick

The Tap Dance Kid premiered on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre in December 1983 under the direction of Vivian Matalon.

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